44 days in Spain, France & Lisbon Itinerary

44 days in Spain, France & Lisbon Itinerary

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1
Madrid, Spain
— 6 nights
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 5 nights
3
Carcassonne, France
— 4 nights
4
Toulouse, France
— 2 nights
5
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
6
Nice, France
— 5 nights
7
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
8
Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
9
Paris, France
— 5 nights
10
Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
11
Lisbon, Portugal
— 6 nights


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6
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Madrid: Segovia (San Martin Church, Acueduct of Segovia, &more) and Toledo (Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, Casco Historico de Toledo, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, stroll around Parque del Retiro, and see the interesting displays at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Madrid trip itinerary builder app.

Mexico City, Mexico to Madrid is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Mexico City to Madrid. Traveling from Mexico City in May, Madrid is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Toledo, Segovia, A Maze In 60
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Food Tours
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro

5
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Parc Guell, admire the striking features of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, don't miss a visit to Casa Batllo, and pick up some local products at La Boqueria.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Barcelona holiday site.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Barcelona can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
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Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo

4
nights
Carcassonne, France

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Carcassonne: Grotte de Niaux (in Niaux) and La Cave Rouge, Live Escape Game (in Thuir). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, indulge in some culinary diversions at Vin en Vacances - Food & Wine Tours, and deepen your understanding of the past and present with Cathar Country Tours.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip builder website.

You can drive from Barcelona to Carcassonne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Barcelona in May, Carcassonne is slightly colder at night with lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Toulouse.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Grotte de Niaux, La Cave Rouge, Live Escape Game
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La Cave Rouge, Live Escape Game ©
La Cave Rouge, Live Escape Game
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Grotte de Niaux ©
Grotte de Niaux

2
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
On the 27th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Cave de Labastide, then test your problem-solving skills at Tourbillon Escape Game Toulouse - Ayguesvives, and then don't miss a visit to Le Capitole. Here are some ideas for day two: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Les Jacobins, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Augustins.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Toulouse sightseeing planner.

Drive from Carcassonne to Toulouse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Toulouse sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Toulouse

Wineries · Tours · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tourbillon Escape Game Toulouse - Ayguesvives, Cave de Labastide
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Tourbillon Escape Game Toulouse - Ayguesvives ©
Musee des Augustins ©
Musee des Augustins
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, then don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Calanques, get a dose of the wild on Trolib, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Michel Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Marseille road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Toulouse to Marseille takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Cassis, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Trolib ©
Trolib

5
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Venture out of the city with trips to Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay), Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). Next up on the itinerary: awaken your taste buds at Azur Wine Tours, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nice road trip planner.

You can drive from Marseille to Nice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Nice

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Eglise St Pierre & Paul, Azur Wine Tours, Massif de l'Esterel, Saint-Paul de Vence, Musee Picasso
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Azur Wine Tours ©
Azur Wine Tours
Massif de l'Esterel ©
Massif de l'Esterel
Musee Picasso ©
Musee Picasso

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 5th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, then hike along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours, and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Nice to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nice in June; daily highs in Mont-Saint-Michel reach 23°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James, Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Cimetiere Militaire Americain de Saint-James ©

2
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 6th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, then pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Omaha Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Around Europe Battlefields Tours Day Tours.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bayeux travel route builder site.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux by train takes about 4 hours. In June in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Airborne Museum, Normandy American Cemetery
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Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
 Bayeux War Cemetery
Bayeux War Cemetery

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Versailles (Palace of Versailles & The Hall of Mirrors). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Louvre Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, stop by Montmartre, and explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

You can drive from Bayeux to Paris in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Paris are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Versailles, Fondation Claude Monet
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

5
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to French Wine Adventures (in Saussignac), Chateau de Monbazillac (in Monbazillac) and Chateau la Renommee (in Saint-Laurent-des-Combes). There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, test your problem-solving skills at The Hostel Escape game, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, and make a trip to Place Parlement.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bordeaux journey website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Bordeaux takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. June in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, French Wine Adventures, La Grande Dune du Pilat, Vertical T'air Parachutisme, Chateau de Monbazillac
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich ©
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich
Place de la Bourse ©
Place de la Bourse

6
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Câmara Municipal, Quinta da Regaleira, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon travel route planning website.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Lisbon in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bordeaux to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Lisbon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Sintra
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Food Tours
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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